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Wild Andes Expedition

Wild Andes Expedition
Highlands Riding Tours Ecuador

We begin our adventure at a family-run hacienda and organic dairy farm located in the heart of Ecuador’s magnificent, Volcano Avenue. The Hacienda sits on 135 hectares, nestled in the fertile valley of Machachi, near the small village of Aloag. Built a century ago, the Hacienda has retained its stately elegance and original character, as well as its exquisite surrounding gardens awash with colorful roses, native flowers, graceful trees and intricate outdoor stone work. Filled with historic charm, the Hacienda’s large rooms are filled with antiques that have been in the Espinosa family for hundreds of years. To reach the Hacienda, one drives along a cobblestone road originally built by the Spaniards and Incas, lined with tall, majestic Cedars, Eucalyptus and Cypress trees and lush greenery.

The southwestern Andes are a well known Indian region. Isolated communities like Quilotoa, Sigchos, and Guambaine are also found in the middle of the Andes, following the same traditions and ways of life since the Colonial times.

This ride is specifically designed for those looking for cultural immersion and adventure with long journeys and amazing scenery.  The route takes us close to the Illinizas, Quilotoa, Chimborazo, Carihuirazo, Igualata, and Tungurahua volcanoes, the last of which has been active for the last 16 years. During the ride we also have the opportunity to enjoy two thermal springs.

The Hacienda's mission is to provide the finest eco-tourism adventures and horseback riding in the country. We offer a warm and inviting atmosphere in our historic Hacienda, and provide the personal attention needed to make you feel like family.  Our horses are exceptional; we breed our own horses and their ancestors are Berber (local horse), Andalusian and Arabian breeds.

Camping Ride with pack horses
Progressive Ride (no camping)
Family Vacation

Meeting: Quito Airport or Hotel
Airport: Quito
Transfer: Quito (airport, hotel, or bus stop)
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 6 riders

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    Wild Andes Expedition
    Tour Code: IT-ECRT09
    12 days / 11 nights ~$3,400.00
    Dates : Available all year

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    A 2022 12/02 - 12/13 12d / 11n 12 day trip, AP (10 riding d... 4 /6 Sold Out
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    Tack: North American style, English style, M...
    Horses: mixed Criollo (native South American),...
    Pace: 5-8 hours each riding day, moderate tr...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Quito
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